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Capt writes to PM not to allow GI tagging of MP basmati in larger interest of Punjab and other states

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, August 5

Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking for his intervention to not permit Geographical Indication (GI) tagging of basmati to Madhya Pradesh, within the bigger curiosity of Punjab and different states that are already Basmati GI tagged.

Aside from Punjab, different states which have already got GI tagging for basmati are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Western UP, and choose districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Noting that All India Rice Exporters Affiliation can be vigorously opposed to contemplate any declare of MP for GI tag for basmati, elevating issues about its severe destructive impression on Indian export potential, the Chief Minister famous that India exported basmati value Rs 33,000 crore yearly, however any dilution in registration of Indian basmati could give benefit to Pakistan (which additionally produces basmati as per GI tagging) in worldwide market when it comes to basmati traits, high quality parameters.

In his letter to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister has drawn his consideration to the economically and socially vital problem of Geographical Tagging, saying GI tagging of MP basmati would negatively impression the state’s agriculture and in addition India’s basmati exports.

Madhya Pradesh has sought inclusion of its 13 districts for GI tagging for basmati.

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